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Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

Address: 5901 South Hwy. 163, Columbia, MO 65203
Phone Number: 573-449-7402
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Ranked #2 of 44 things to do in Columbia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Just minutes from Columbia, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park gives visitors the chance to scramble...
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Owner description: Just minutes from Columbia, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park gives visitors the chance to scramble, hike and bicycle through a scenic environment – and lets them peek into Missouri’s underworld. The park contains some of the most popular hiking trails in the state and also offers solitude while hiking in the Gans Creek Wild Area. Visitors can also see a large cave system with its rock bridge, sinkholes, a spring and underground stream at the Devil's Icebox. You can explore Connor's Cave in the light of the opening for a taste of the underground world.

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Columbia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

This park, like many of Missouri state parks, has wooden walkways with stairs and handrails when necessary, making it an easy walk for many people. Additionally, there are trails off the walkways to provide a more rugged hike. Maps are usually available at the parking lot although I have to admit I've managed to get lost within Rock Bridge Park... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

If you're looking for a hike, beautiful scenery, or simply an exploration Rock Bridge State Park is the place for you. The drive to the park is a short ten to fifteen minute drive, allowing for a quick get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Absolutely beautiful! A lot of wildlife, beautiful scenery and designated walking paths easy to walk on.

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25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We visited in October. Hiked both times we went. We enjoyed the scenery but it was basically mud paths in the woods. The bridge had been flooded and eroded. They are probably planning on fixing this soon. We made our own path across the creek in a shallower area and explored the other side. Neat site to see, good excercise,... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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25 attraction reviews
171 helpful votes 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a well hidden secret in Columbia. Its a very large park (so much so that annually they end up rescuing lost hikers) varied vegetation and lack of crowds makes it an ideal walk in the woods any season of the year.

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a wonderful place to just let go and enjoy everything away from everyday life. A great place to mediate, too. Great for taking photos, too and an awesome romantic walk together with your loved one. It's also a great place for kids to use their energy and to learn about nature.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

In addition to the natural beauty of this park there is much history. Walk the "Sink Hole" trail from the parking lot and see if you can find the groove in the sandstone outcropping from steel rimmed wagons on years gone by? HINT - on the right side of the small stream as you walk this trail. There was a... More 

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Southlake, Texas
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5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

The park has been updated since I used to frequent in the 70's, with wooden decks and paths to both the Rockbridge and Sinkhole (Devil's Icebox). Up the road is Rock Bridge City Park with great playground for kids of all ages. Our crew varied in age from 8 months to 60's!

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Nice walk with nature. Nice trails. Wooden deck and stairs lead you down to the entrance of the cave. You really feel and enjoy the cool breeze on a hot Summer day.

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Columbia, Missouri
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Nice to walk these trails and enjoy the outdoors. Lots of people I know love this spot to go on walks, go spelunking, or just enjoy a day outside. They do close the caves in the winter, but the trails are open and clearly marked. The rock bridge itself is very cool to see. Not far away at all from... More 

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